Beyond the Box: Washington

Mickens Touchdown vs Washington

Josh Worden, Senior Beat Reporter

The Oregon State football team narrowly avoided its second straight home shutout — it would have been the first time OSU was shut out twice in one season since 1992 — in a 52-7 rout at the hands of the Washington Huskies on Saturday. In OSU’s last two home games versus Washington, OSU has been outscored 121-34, including 100-7 outside of fourth quarters.

• Despite the 45-point loss Saturday, OSU and Washington were close in yards per play with the Huskies taking a 6.0 to 5.6 advantage. Washington ran 80 plays on offense to OSU’s 46.

• Of freshman quarterback Nick Mitchell’s first nine passes against UCLA, Cal and Washington (in which he only had seven total attempts), he was a combined 6-for-25 with two interceptions. In attempts No. 10 and onward, he has gone 17-for-29 with two touchdowns and one pick.

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• In Saturday’s first half, OSU had just one first down coming on a 76-yard run by freshman Paul Lucas. OSU did not complete a pass in the first 21 minutes of the game against the Huskies.

• After entering the Cal game with 20 rushing yards on the season, Lucas led OSU in two consecutive games on the ground. Against the Golden Bears and Huskies, Lucas compiled 152 yards on 17 carries.

• No current OSU cornerback has had an interception in the last two years. OSU’s linebackers and safeties have all eight picks this season and the Beavers’ only two interceptions from a cornerback last year were by senior Steven Nelson. Larry Scott had one interception as a sophomore in 2013.

• Washington’s 85.7 percent completion rate Saturday (18-for-21 passing) is tied for its best rate in any game with a 1993 matchup with San Jose State. Freshman quarterback Jake Browning was 18-for-20, but a trick play pass by wide receiver Jaydon Mickens that fell incomplete dropped the Huskies’ percentage to 85.7.

• Through seven games and 490 minutes of OSU’s Pac-12 gameplay, the Beavers have held a lead for 3.1 percent of the time, 14:50 total, all coming in the Colorado game.

• Of OSU’s last 37 field goal tries dating back to last season, 28 were attempted in Reser Stadium.

• Washington did not have any player with more than three tackles against OSU. The Beavers had 12 players with five or more tackles. As a team, OSU had 96 tackles and the Huskies finished with 45.

• After going scoreless in third quarters in OSU’s first six Pac-12 games, the Beavers have scored in two consecutive third periods. OSU still hasn’t outscored a Pac-12 team in a third quarter and has a cumulative 68-21 deficit in conference contests.

• OSU has recorded five defensive sacks in the last two games while allowing none offensively. OSU still ranks last in the conference with 16 defensive sacks on the year.

• Freshman safety Gabe Ovgard entered the California game with six tackles through nine games; he totaled 16 tackles in the last two contests and one interception.

• One week after Jordan Villamin had a season high-tying seven catches against Cal, the sophomore was held to one reception for 19 yards versus Washington.

• Despite missing the last four contests, freshman quarterback Seth Collins leads OSU with 541 rushing yards this year. Next closest is senior running back Storm Woods’ 491 yards. Collins has five of the Beavers’ 10 rushing touchdowns.

• UCLA, Cal and Washington had 95 total first downs against OSU, while OSU managed 41 in those three contests.

• On senior day Saturday, OSU’s seniors combined for five rushing yards, no receiving or passing yards and 15 of the Beavers’ 96 tackles.

• OSU hosted fewer than 40,000 fans in every home game this season. The largest crowd was in the UCLA game with 38,074 on hand. Last year, OSU averaged 42,176 fans per game in Reser Stadium.

• In OSU’s two Saturday games — the football game against Washington and the men’s basketball game versus UC Santa Barbara — the men’s basketball team connected on 55.6 percent of 3-pointers while OSU was 0-for-1 on 3-point tries, missing a first half field goal.

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